MASS ARRESTS REGISTERED IN NAKHIJEVAN
11.01.2010 13:24 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Mass arrests and beatings are reported to take place
in Benanyar village of Nakhijevan Autonomous Republic, Azerbaijan.
According to Azeri media reports, the situation escalated in December
2009, when two dozens of the village elders were arrested and
tortured. On January 5, police cordoned off the village and arrested
most of men there, Lenta.ru said.
The local authorities label the reports as ‘fiction’. Meanwhile,
Nakhijevani outpost in Baku confirmed a conflict between the local
law enforcers are villagers.
Nakhijevan is an autonomous republic within Azerbaijan, the homeland
of the ruling Aliyev clan. An Armenian territory until 1923, Nakhijevan
was transferred to Azerbaijan, whose leadership eliminated the Armenian
historical and cultural heritage in the area.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress